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June 04, 2019

More stable EU biodiesel policy helps Avril Group recover

BY Avril Group After two years marked by a contrasted economic situation in all its business lines and a context that remained difficult at the start of 2018, the Avril Group recorded a notable recovery in its activities during the second half of the year. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

Western Iowa Energy announces Monarch Fueling Station Project

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Western Iowa Energy announced May 29 it is moving forward with the establishment of a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Wall Lake. The monarch habitat will span roughly four acres. WIE will spray to eradicate nonnative grasses this June. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

EPA finalizes E15 rule, steps back approach to RIN market reform

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released its final E15/RIN market reform rule May 31. The rule extends the 1-pound-per-square-inch RVP waiver to E15. It also includes some reforms to the RIN compliance system, although those changes are less severe than proposed. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

State legislature comes through for Northwest Minnesota farmers

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota state legislature approved $5 million in funding for a Soy Innovation Campus in Crookston, Minnesota. Among other important attributes, the campus will feature Epitome Energy’s 30 MMgy biodiesel production facility and crush plant. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

NYC chief fleet officer awarded for sustainability efforts

BY Ron KotrbaKeith Kerman, New York City’s chief fleet officer and deputy commissioner for the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, was honored May 23 with a Sloan Public Service Award for his extensive environmental and sustainability efforts. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

German biodiesel exports rose substantially in Q1 2019

BY UFOP In the first three months of 2019, German exports of biodiesel surged around 33 percent to 581,248 metric tons, or approximately 175 million gallons, year-on-year. Around 87 percent of these exports were shipped to EU-28 countries. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

BP to supply Next Renewable Fuels with renewable diesel feedstock

BY Next Renewable Fuels Inc. Next Renewable Fuels and BP Products North America have entered into a long-term feedstock supply agreement whereby Next will purchase approximately 13.2 million barrels per year of renewable feedstocks for its planned Oregon renewable diesel plant. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

SkyNRG to develop Europe’s first dedicated biojet fuel plant

BY Ron KotrbaSkyNRG announced May 27 it will develop Europe’s first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel production plant in Delfzijl, The Netherlands. The facility is being scaled to produce 100,000 metric tons of biojet fuel and 15,000 tons of bioLPG per year. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Total prepares to begin operations at La Mède biorefinery

BY Ron KotrbaFrench oil giant Total S.A. is just days away from startup at its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. A representative of Total told Biodiesel Magazine that the HVO processing facility is on track to begin production in late May or June. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Big-name cos. partner for sustainable palm project in Indonesia

BY Solidaridad BASF, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are partnering with civil society organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives production in the district of Waykanan, Lampung, Indonesia. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Bipartisan House bill introduced to stop EPA from undermining RFS

BY The Office of Rep. Collin Peterson U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Dusty Johnson and co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced a bill May 23 that establishes a June 1 deadline for refineries to submit SRE petitions from their RFS obligations and increases transparency. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

United Airlines, World Energy renew biojet fuel supply contract

BY Ron KotrbaUnited Airlines renewed its biojet fuel supply contract with World Energy, which will deliver up to 10 million gallons of aviation biofuel over the next two years. United Airlines uses the biofuel in every flight departing its Los Angeles hub. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Heavy-duty diesels deliver climate benefits along with freight

BY The Diesel Technology Forum The future for diesel technologies in freight transportation is bright, even as alternatives enter the market, thanks to improving efficiency, even lower emissions, advanced biofuel capabilities and unique combination of value for moving freight. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Alt fuels displace 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel under LCFS

BY The California Air Resources Board New data from CARB indicates that the LCFS continues to drive production of a growing volume of cleaner transportation fuels for California consumers. To date almost 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel have been displaced by low-carbon alternatives. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Ag groups ask Congress to immediately extend biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board Thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate May 22, asking them to take action by extending the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

US EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to White House OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Japan Engine, NYK Line cooperate in marine biofuel test

BY Ron KotrbaAdding to the growing number of shipping firms that have commenced biofuels testing to meet IMO regulations and initiatives, Japan Engine Corp. announced it is now collaborating with NYK Line to begin testing marine biofuel provided by GoodFuels. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA U.S. appeals court denied a motion filed by the Advanced Biofuels Association last month seeking an injunction to prevent EPA from granting additional small refinery exemptions under RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Air BP, Neste offer biojet fuel at airports in Sweden, France

BY Air BP Air BP announced it is offering sustainable aviation fuel to general and business aviation customers and aircraft manufacturers at Stockholm Arlanda airport in Sweden and Caen Carpiquet airport in France. The biojet fuel is produced by Neste Corp. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Aemetis wins large biodiesel contract with mining co. in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis announced May 20 that its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multisite mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in India. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

High Plains Bioenergy rebrands as Seaboard Energy

BY Ron KotrbaHigh Plains Bioenergy and its biodiesel marketing division HPB Biodiesel Inc., subsidiaries of Seaboard Corp. and owner of two U.S. biodiesel plants, have changed names to Seaboard Energy Marketing Inc. Its biodiesel plant names have also changed. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

AGQM launches 1st no-harm test for biodiesel cold flow improvers

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM has launched a new no-harm test for cold flow improvers for use in biodiesel as a blend component in fuel. The no-harm test for cold flow improvers consists of testing B100 and a blended B10. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Task forces to find long-term solutions to temporary tax policy

BY The Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces to examine temporary tax provisions that expired, or will expire, between Dec. 31, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2019. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Biodiesel ambassador named to Mich. Environmental Hall of Fame

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board applauds biodiesel ambassador Chris Case for his lifetime commitment to environmental stewardship, which has earned him a place in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony took place May 15. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

UK, Dutch authorities investigate biodiesel trading at Greenergy

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office confirmed the opening of a joint investigation with Dutch authorities regarding certain aspects of biodiesel trading at Greenergy and various third parties. Five sites were searched and four people were arrested. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Yum China receives ISCC certification for its used cooking oil

BY Yum China Holdings Inc. Yum China Holdings says it is the first restaurant company in China to get the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification for its used cooking oil that will be converted into sustainable biodiesel following a successful pilot project. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Secrets of secretion: Isolating eucalyptus genes for oil, biofuel

BY Michigan Technological University Michigan Tech’s Carsten Külheim has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus. In particular, Külheim studies terpenes, organic compounds found in the leaves. The right terpenes can be used for essential oils or biofuel production. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

National Biodiesel Foundation tours NYC’s sustainable side

BY Paul Winters The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted a small group of congressional staffers April 26 on a tour of New York City. The annual tour educates congressional staff about the city’s use of biodiesel as a key part of meeting its environmental goals. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed 2020-’21 RVOs, ‘other RFS changes’ to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and other changes to the program. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

2 biodiesel antioxidants added to AGQM’s no-harm list

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association has successfully completed its 13th round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel used in diesel fuel or heating oil. Antioxidants by Dorf Ketal and Rodanco have made the list. READ MORE

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